About Us


Christine Silversides, Interim General Counsel
BA (University of Toronto), JD (Osgoode Hall Law School)

As Interim General Counsel, Christine Silversides oversees the operation and administration of the Office of the Counsel, Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion, Information, Privacy and Copyright Office, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Office (AODA) and the York University Licensing Program.

J.RainbowJoanna Rainbow, Counsel
MA (University of Oxford), LLB, BCL (McGill University)

Joanna Rainbow advises on various kinds of University legal matters, particularly those pertaining to human rights, civil court proceedings, and fairness in internal procedures affecting students on both the academic side and the non-academic side.

L.DeFilippisLeanne De Filippis, Counsel
BA (York University), LLB (Osgoode Hall Law School)

Leanne DeFilippis supports human resources and employee relations units of the University, and also practices in the areas of human rights law and general litigation. Leanne is Coordinator of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Office.

NOTE: Leanne has accepted the position of Interim Executive Director. Please contact Ryan Zener (rzener@yorku.ca) as he will providing advice on legal matters in Leanne's absence.

Azadeh (Azi) Persadmehr
Law Clerk

Azadeh provides support services to the Office of the Counsel on a broad range of legal and regulatory areas including Human Rights, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities (AODA), litigation, employment and labour relations and commercial matters.

Elisabeth LiaElisabeth Lia
Legal Assistant
(416-736-2100 Ext 20512)